The Yukon girls basketball team improved to 3-2 overall with a 2-1 record in their first tournament of the 2016-2017 season.
The Millerettes traveled across the state to Tahlequah, where they competed in the Tahlequah Girls High School Basketball Tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
YHS played three games in the three-day event, winning two-out-of-the-three.
“We enjoy going to Tahlequah every year,” Yukon coach Eric Sailer said. “It’s a good trip for us at the beginning of the year to get away from school and see where we are as a team at this point of the season. We are going through some growing spurts and some growing pains right now and starting to really mature as a team. It was good to get away from the city and play some different opponents.”
Yukon’s first game was on Thursday, as they took on Green Country Home School and won the game 50-33. The Green Country Home School squad was led by an Oklahoma high school top-50 player and the Millerette defense stifled the guard with solid defense.
In their second game of the tournament, YHS took on Tahlequah Sequoyah, who is a tradition-rich 3A school with a lot of good history in girls basketball. Yukon fell 36-30 in the game but holding Sequoyah to just 36 points for the entire game was an accomplishment, as the Tahlequah squad scored 38 points in the opening quarter against Tulsa McClain the next day.
In their third and final game of the tournament, the Millerettes took on Muskogee and defeated the Lady Roughers 63-49. Last season, Muskogee was one of the top teams in the state in class 6A and this year, they are led by a guard, who is going to North Texas University next year to play Division I college basketball, so beating the Roughers the way they did was a strong win for YHS.
“Becka Cammon (junior) is really starting to mature as a leader and as an all-around player for us,” Sailer said. “She is very talented, especially when it comes to penetrating the lane and attacking the rim, so teams are starting to put their best defender on her and she is getting very good at getting her teammates involved in the game.
“Kristen Readel, our freshman post player and Ashlyn Basler had strong tournaments as well. Readel is getting more and more aggressive in the post when she gets the ball in good position and Basler was out leading scorer last year and she started to break out this weekend, as she scored 20 points on Saturday.”